IPL 2021: Rohit Sharma wants Mumbai Indians batsmen to step up

Kolkata: The Mumbai Indians middle order, which had been failing to live up to their reputation so far, came in for a blit of flak from their skipper Rohit Sharma as they slumped to their second defeat of IPL 2021 on Tuesday. After defending two modest totals successfully on the slow tracks of Chennai, the champions came up short against Delhi Capitals as they folded up for a paltry 137 for nine against Delhi Capitals.

“After the start we got, I thought we could have very batted well in the middle overs, which we didn’t do,” Rohit said at the presentation ceremony. Mumbai had reached 67-1 in the seventh over after a flying start in the powerplay but collapsed against the guile of veteran leg spinner Amit Mishra, who picked up four wickets for 24 runs.

Rohit’s side had managed to defend low totals in their previous two matches against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders but failed to do so on Tuesday as Delhi registered a six-wicket victory.

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“That’s something we need to focus on. It’s been happening time and again.” Mumbai had been cruising at 86-1 against Eoin Morgan’s Kolkata before being bundled out for 152, while they raised 55 for the opening partnership against Hyderabad but could not capitalise on the brisk start and managed to get to 150-5.

Mishra’s four-wicket haul included the wickets of Rohit and hard-hitting middle order batsmen Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard.

“We are just not being able to capitalise on the start that we are getting in the powerplay,” said Rohit, who scored 44 and added 58 for the second wicket with Suryakumar Yadav.

“This is something we need to understand as a batting unit. That is something we failed to do again.

“But you have got to give credit to Delhi bowlers. They kept us tight in the middle, kept the pressure going and kept taking wickets,” the white ball maestro added.



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